At Navigator College, Middle School English involves learning about texts and about language, using the modes of speaking, listening, reading, viewing and writing. Learners comprehend and compose a range of literature, media and everyday texts. They explore and engage with fictional, factual, non-print and multimedia texts from diverse cultural perspectives, take pleasure in using these texts to explore ideas, and think imaginatively and critically about themselves, their world and the global community. They are also able to use the texts they read, view and listen to as resources for creating and constructing their own texts.
Language is the major connecting element across the curriculum. Therefore the focus is not
only on language for its own sake, but also on its application across the subject areas and throughout the program. There are also connections with the wider community. Each teacher in the Middle School is a language teacher.
In English, the study, enjoyment and critical use of a range of spoken, written and visual texts enables children and students to develop knowledge about how language functions and how texts reflect and shape social attitudes and practices. Students need to become critical and creative users of the English language, in order to develop a sense of positive self-worth and the skills and values to engage with all aspects of their learning lives, in school, paid and unpaid work, and further study.
Navigator College have adopted The Australian Curriculum: English which is organised into three interrelated strands that support students’ growing understanding and use of Standard Australian English (English). Together the three strands focus on developing students’ knowledge, understanding and skills in listening, reading, viewing, speaking and writing. The three strands are:
• Language: knowing about the English language
• Literature: understanding, appreciating, responding to, analysing and creating literature
• Literacy: expanding the repertoire of English usage.